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Council applauds community spirit to help struggling families this half term

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 15:11

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, Cllr Sally Hawken said: "The government were right to provide free school meals during the last two holidays and quite simply are failing children by not continuing this provision. We welcome the community spirit seen in Cornwall throughout this pandemic that carries on regardless of how hard things get. We offer a sincere thank you for everything our communities are doing to support struggling families this half term. We would like to place on record our wholehearted support for Marcus Rashford’s ‘End child food poverty’ campaign.

“No family should ever be faced with the worry and anxiety of not being able to provide for their children in the holidays.”

Since 2018 Cornwall Council has a run a summer programme called ‘Filling the Holiday Gap’, which provided small grants to community groups and volunteer organisations to provide activities and food for children and young people in the greatest need. During the pandemic the scheme was used to provide vouchers to those that missed the deadline for the government vouchers.  This year the Council will be providing a scheme to support all those receiving Free School Meals for the Christmas holidays.

Like the rest of the country, the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in Cornwall has been profound. Many families have seen their financial circumstances negatively impacted by lockdown, including the significant number working in Cornwall’s tourist and leisure industry. The number of children accessing Free School Meals has dramatically increased since the start of the pandemic in March.  Cornwall Council figures show that 13,000 children are currently accessing the scheme, which entitles them to a hot and nutritious meal.

An all-party parliamentary report in 2017 found that poorer children who are hungry in the holidays fall an extra month behind their peers in the new term. The important contribution a healthy, nutritious school lunch makes towards children’s wider wellbeing cannot be underestimated.

Businesses across Cornwall, from Ann’s Pasties in Helston to Rosie’s Kitchen in Bude, are joining Castle Beach Cafe in Falmouth in offering lunch bags and meals to families struggling to children who normally get a free school meal. More information about businesses and community groups offering free meals during half term is available on the Cornwall Live website https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/free-school-meal-cornwall-businesses-4633489?cmpredirect=

Cllr Sally Hawken said: "As ever the community of Cornwall has not hesitated to step in, with a large number of businesses, community groups and amazing individuals offering to provide free meals for children across Cornwall and I truly thank them for their compassion and generosity.  But what we need is a sustainable funding plan from government that meets this need long term.

“This year the Council will be providing a scheme to support all those receiving Free School Meals for the Christmas holidays.”

If you are in a position to provide support to Cornwall's ‘Filling the holiday gap programme’ this Christmas or during other school holidays, through resources or funding, please contact: phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk

Please also support your local foodbank. Cornish foodbanks are providing vital support to families and people in need of help. Transformation Cornwall has details of many foodbanks

https://togethernetwork.org.uk/uploads/shared/Update-on-Cornish-Foodbanks-23.10.20.pdf and many local communities run their own scheme as well.

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High demand for Cornwall Council’s planning services

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:58

Residents, planning agents and those buying homes in Cornwall are asked to be patient as the Council’s planning service experiences high demand. 

The Planning and Sustainable Development service has continued to operate throughout the challenges of this year as the coronavirus pandemic impacts everyone’s lives, but it has had to adapt the way in which it works – all while dealing with an unusually high level of enquiries. 

Between April 2018 and March 2019 the planning service received an average of 4,666 emails each month – 233 per day. 

By comparison, between February 2020 and August 2020 it has averaged 6,000 emails a month – 300 per day. 

Enforcement complaints, where residents get in touch with the Council about a potential breach of planning permission, are currently 30 per cent higher compared to this time last year. 

September 2020’s Land Charges searches, which are required by solicitors as part of the home-buying process, were double what they were in September 2019. 

Louise Wood, Service Director for Planning & Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council, said: “We had to respond quickly to bring forward new ways of working. Many of our staff are now working remotely in line with government guidance, and will continue to do so as the situation changes.  

“However, we are experiencing an unusually high volume of enquiries, which is impacting on our response times, and we ask that people please bear with us.” 

Coronavirus restrictions mean it is not possible to discuss planning matters at council offices, but the team can be contacted via planning@cornwall.gov.uk or on 0300 1234 151. 

Planning applications continue to be determined and site visits are still being carried out in a Covid-secure way if virtual options for assessment have been exhausted. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “We will not delay our decision-making unnecessarily. 

“Our planning officers are dealing with a significant increase in the volume of general planning enquiries, which can result in delays with validating applications.  

“They are working hard to manage this.” 

The Council is still determining 87 per cent of applications within agreed timescales, which is consistent with its performance prior to the pandemic.  

However, remote working means that the Council is currently unable to accept hard copy planning applications. 

Applications can be submitted online via the Planning Portal or by emailing planning @cornwall.gov.uk   

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A new campaign is launched to tackle exploitation in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 09:14

Every month across the UK over six hundred young people are safeguarded from exploitation, according to figures from the National Crime Agency.  Children and young adults in Cornwall are not immune to this and we need to increase public awareness of the signs and indicators.

Today sees the launch of CETHESIGNS, a new campaign from Our Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board, aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Chair of Our Safeguarding Children Partnership, John Clements, said: “The exploitation of children and young adults is often a hidden crime and takes many different forms.  Regardless of what form it takes, the risks that children face at the hands of the perpetrators is very real and it must be stopped.

“Our aim is that this campaign will help friends, family or members of the general public to understand what the signs are and how they can help us to protect the children and young people of Cornwall.”

Tackling the exploitation of children and young adults across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a shared priority of Cornwall Council, Our Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Cornwall, the Safeguarding Adults Board and other agencies.

One of the key points of this campaign is that exploited children and young people might not always ‘look’ vulnerable, or ‘act’ like victims, but there are some signs to look out for that can suggest things aren’t right.

Cabinet Member for Children, Public Health and Well Being at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken added: “The important thing to remember is exploitation can take place anywhere and it can take many forms; sexual, criminal or modern slavery. It doesn’t matter if you work with children, drive a bus, work in a hotel or serve fast food, we want you to know the signs.

“We know that when we are aware of cases of exploitation, we are quick to act. However, we need members of the public to help us to identify those situations we are not aware of and that’s why knowing the signs can make an enormous difference.”

Children and young adults in Cornwall are not immune to exploitation and this campaign has been designed to increase public awareness of the signs and indicators. This body of work links into the new three-year Cornwall Exploitation Strategy from 2020-2023 for children and young adults aged up to 25.

John concluded: “We must work together to stop child exploitation. We do this by learning the signs and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t matter if you’re not completely certain. Anything that you tell us could be vital in helping to keep children and young adults safe from exploitation.”

You can find more information on the campaign by visiting the Our Safeguarding Partnership website. Here, you will also find a host of campaign resources.  

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Cornwall Council works with the Falmouth community to safeguard Princess Pavilion

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 10/23/2020 - 16:18

Cornwall Council has pledged to support the Falmouth community in securing the long-term future of Princess Pavilion and Gyllyngdune Gardens.

As part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, it agreed outline plans last year to devolve Princess Pavilion and its gardens which are currently run by the leisure provider GLL.

Falmouth Town Council is holding detailed talks with local stakeholders and developing a joint business case to safeguard the future of Princess Pavilion for Falmouth.

Cornwall Council will transfer Princess Pavilion and Gyllyngdune Gardens to be used in line with an agreed business case.

Princess Pavilion has been closed since March due to Government Covid restrictions which has made it unviable to be open currently.

Cornwall Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet member with oversight of the leisure agreement between the Council and GLL, said: “We recognise Princess Pavilion is an incredibly important asset in supporting the vibrant community of Falmouth and we will do everything we can to support its preservation.

“We are prioritising work to support a local partnership approach and we are working closely with the community so a viable plan can be established for the site as soon as possible.

“This site is of high priority in our devolution programme and we are meeting regularly with Falmouth Town Council who are seeking to work collectively with a community group in going forwards.

“We welcome a business plan being submitted from the community and our officers are supporting with supplying information relating to the site.”

Falmouth Town Mayor Steve Eva said: “The Town Council recognises the essential cultural importance of the Pavilion and Gardens to our community. We were already discussing the transfer of Gyllyngdune Gardens with Cornwall Council and the current situation means we have widened that to include the Princess Pavilion as well. There is overwhelming community support for this so we have requested that the transfers become a priority in the community asset transfer programme. We are preparing a business plan in consultation with the community and a range of stakeholders.

“We are hopeful that we can open the Gyllyngdune Gardens as soon as possible, and I received a petition from residents recently requesting that. Our gardeners are currently on site bringing it back to its usual high standard. Cornwall Council have committed to transfer the Pavilion and I hope this can be done as quickly as possible to enable us to reopen the site.”

James Curry, Head of Service for GLL in Cornwall, said: “As a social enterprise, we have always understood how precious the Princess Pavilion is to people living in Falmouth and the local area. Our team worked very hard to make it a lively and viable venue and we were all very sorry when, due to the pandemic, we had to close its doors in March.

“Discussions have been ongoing in the last few months about the Princess Pavilion’s future viability and we welcome the opportunity to consult with other local stakeholders going forward.”

 

Story posted on October 23, 2020

Categories: Cornwall

Don't turn Halloween into a 'nightmare on your street'

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 10/23/2020 - 12:08

With Halloween season fast approaching, families may be wondering whether trick or treating is worth the risk this year. The message is clear from the South West – stay at home and don’t turn Halloween into a Covid “nightmare on your street”. 

Whilst traditional trick or treating will be a risky business given the need to follow the rule of six and the potential to spread the virus to different households, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween safely at home, from spooky window dressings to ghostly film nights.

So this year, South West leaders are asking families to ditch the usual trick or treating plans and channel all their creativity into celebrating safely indoors as we all continue to do our bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep infection rates low across the region.

Cornwall Council’s Leader Julian German said: “Trick or treating is relatively new to Cornwall but we know that it has become really popular in recent years. This is definitely the year to bring back a more traditional celebration of Halloween. Everyone can have fun and do their bit to keep Cornwall safe if they stay at home. Anything we can do to keep infection rates relatively low in the South West will benefit all our communities”

Cornwall’s director of public health Rachel Wigglesworth said: “Halloween is definitely not cancelled! We want people to know that there are plenty of ways that people can celebrate safely and have fun.  

“This year is a different year in all respects and following the rules around social distancing whilst supervising young ones out and about could make the evening potentially a horror story for all the wrong reasons. We are strongly advising that families do not go trick or treating. 

“Due to the rule of six, which applies both indoors and outdoors, traditional Halloween parties and social events cannot take place this year.” 

Teenagers and young adults are being advised to make the most of technology and meet online for virtual parties or horror-themed quizzes instead of meeting in groups.

If you are getting dressed up or decorating your home make sure you do it safely.  Fire and Rescue Services are urging people to use battery operated tealights instead of candles and to ensure Halloween costumes comply with flammability standards. It should also have a CE mark, which means the product complies with European health and safety requirements. 

Darren Peters, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager, said: "This Halloween we would like you to have fun at home and stay safe. Carved pumpkins are a fun way to celebrate, but always use battery-powered candles or tea lights in your pumpkins instead of a real flame which can easily set fire to clothing, curtains and sofas. 

"When it comes to dressing up at Halloween, be aware that fancy dress is dangerous around fire - costumes can burn very easily. Keep fancy dress well away from open fires, wood burners, cooking and candles."

You should always keep fancy dress costumes away from naked flames but if clothing does catch fire remember to: 

  • Stop! Don’t run - it will only make the fire worse! Protect your face 
  • Drop! Get down onto the floor 
  • Roll! With your arms above your head, roll over and over - this will put out the flames 

Cool any burns immediately with cold water and call 999 if it is an emergency.  

 

Enjoy Halloween at home 

Here are a few ways you can safely celebrate Halloween at home: 

Getting creative in the kitchen 

Try making mummy sausages, chocolate witches' hats and spooky fingers. See the full recipes here.

Creating wicked windows 

See who can create the scariest window in your street and arrange a prize for the winners. 

Fancy dress party  

Arrange a party online via Skype or Zoom and invite your friends and family. You may want to nominate a DJ to put together some terrifying tunes. 

Virtual horror quiz  

Send out your invites early and ask everyone to write ten questions each. 

Throw in a music round of guess the horror movie theme tune. Extra points for the best fancy dress! 

Movie marathon 

Dig out some truly terrifying classics and enjoy a scary movie marathon. 

Telling scary stories  

Encourage your children to write their own horror story and read it out loud in their spookiest voice. Turn off the lights and use a torch to set the scene. 

Monster moves 

Put together a Halloween play list and see who has the scariest moves.

Chief Superintendent Matt Longman from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Whilst we know how much families love dressing up and trick or treating we would strongly ask that you celebrate Halloween at home this year to help keep our communities safe.

“Following the ‘rule of six’ which applies both indoors and outdoors could make the evening a Covid nightmare for all the wrong reasons, so please don’t go trick or treating.

“Traditional Halloween parties and social events cannot take place this year, but that doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled there are plenty of ways that people can celebrate safely and have fun.

“We are all getting used to speaking to friends and family online so we are encouraging young people to create online parties where they can invite as many people as they like. We are recommending that vulnerable people, download our ‘No trick, no treat, no meet, no greet’ poster to display in the front door or window of their homes. These can be downloaded from our website.”

North Devon Council Leader David Worden said: “We know it’s going to be difficult for young people this year but there are so many things that can be done at home to make it just as fun and exciting for them without posing any risk to their communities, particularly our elderly and most vulnerable. Covid rates are still low here in the south west and we really want to keep it that way by avoiding any unnecessary risks so we hope that people can find alternative ways to celebrate this year.”

 

Categories: Cornwall

Mother and son admit selling illegal tobacco

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 16:51

A mother and son from Camborne appeared before Truro Magistrates on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, where they admitted charges in relation to the supply of illegal tobacco products and the evasion of taxes and duties.  

Geraldine Linda Watling, age 62, from 10 Gwelmor, Camborne and her son Simon David Watling, age 39, from 126 Park-an-Tansys, Pengegon, Camborne admitted four charges between them in a prosecution brought by Cornwall Council. 

The Court heard that on June 4, 2019, officers of Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Team, HMRC and Devon & Cornwall Police executed simultaneous entry warrants at the homes of Geraldine Watling and Simon Watling. Over 300 pouches of foreign-labelled tobacco were discovered along with a number of mobile phones and £6,448 cash, hidden in a wellington boot.  

In acknowledging that both defendants admitted the charges at the first opportunity, Magistrates ordered Geraldine Watling to pay a fine of £240, a contribution of £3,000 towards the costs of bringing the prosecution and a victim surcharge payment of £32. They ordered Simon Watling to pay a fine of £120, a contribution of £2,500 towards the cost of bringing the prosecution and a victim surcharge of £32. 

They also ordered the forfeiture of all the items seized during the warrant. The £6,448 cash that was seized during the warrant had earlier been ordered forfeited by the Courts in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Health, welcomed the sentence imposed by the court and explained the harm caused by illegal cigarettes. She said: “Almost 1,000 people die each year in Cornwall from smoking-related illness. The sale of cheap tobacco absolutely undermines all encouragement to quit. We have to encourage all possible action against those who sell illegal tobacco and cigarettes.”  

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can carry fines, community orders or prison. In this case it took a criminal conviction for the seriousness to register with the seller.  

“More and more of these cases are based upon information provided by local residents, a clear indication that communities are not happy to have this type of criminal activity taking place near their homes and businesses. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual selling from home, the chances are you will be reported if behaving illegally. Our crackdown will continue.”  

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence by emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

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Cornwall’s half term advice to visitors

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 16:36

Visitors to Cornwall this half-term are being asked to observe the latest public health guidance.  This will help keep Cornwall safe and limit the spread of Coronavirus. 

Cornwall remains in the lowest-risk tier in England (medium) but looks to those arriving from other parts of the country to behave safely and respectfully as they take a break with us. Those living in high-risk areas should follow government guidelines and avoid all non-essential travel. 

Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “There is understandable anxiety about the differing levels of Coronavirus infection across the UK, and whether Cornwall is vulnerable as a favourite visitor destination. 

“We’re asking visitors to be scrupulous in observing the Covid rules and advice. Particularly when out shopping or using bars and restaurants, and anywhere crowded. Our traders and tourism businesses are well trained in keeping their customers safe. But everyone must take individual personal responsibility for ensuring Cornwall keeps Covid at bay as much as possible.” 

Here is our four-point checklist for keeping Half Term happy: 

Coronavirus 

Wherever you go in Cornwall, please observe the ‘Hands, Face and Space’ advice. In some towns there may be information officers engaging, explaining and encouraging visitors to respect the high street safety guidance, such as social distancing and the ‘rule of six’.  

Please download the NHS Test and Trace App. It makes it much easier to enter pubs and restaurants.  As well as check whether you have been close to anyone who has had a positive test result.     

Beach and sea safety 

We are nearing the end of Cornwall’s annual lifeguard season, but 24 of Cornwall’s beaches still have cover until 1 Nov. They are:

  • Tregonhawke
  • Praa Sands
  • Fistral
  • Towan
  • Watergate Bay
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Porthtowan
  • Perranporth
  • Gwithian
  • Porthmeor
  • Sennen
  • Constantine
  • Harlyn
  • Polzeath
  • Widemouth
  • Summerleaze
  • Poldhu
  • Porthcurno
  • Treyarnon
  • Sandymouth
  • Hayle Towans
  • Chapel Porth
  • Holywell Bay
  • Crantock

Please choose a lifeguarded beach if you are intending to go into or onto the water. Or simply just enjoy a day on the sands or rock pooling at any of hundreds of other seaside locations. We ask dog walkers to take extra care on cliffs and the coast path. 

Parking 

Cornwall Council’s parking enforcement team is supporting the British Parking Association’s ‘Don’t be a selfish parker’ campaign. Using the line ‘It’s not OK to park where it’s not OK to park’. Part of Cornwall’s charm is its narrow roads and leafy lanes leading to popular beauty spots. But if you park your vehicle inconsiderately or illegally you may block:

  • emergency vehicles
  • important medical deliveries, or
  • health and care workers on home visits

Park only where it is safe and legal to do so, and always read signs for restrictions. For example where overnight parking or camping is not permitted

Litter and flytipping 

The busier Cornwall gets, the more it encounters those who don’t clear up after themselves. Littering and flytipping spoil our wonderful natural environment and carry penalties. Please use bins where provided or take all your litter home for proper recycling or disposal. Dispose of facemasks and personal protective equipment properly. Don’t add to an over-stuffed bin or leave bags beside it.  

And if the weather is kind enough to allow eating outdoors, ensure portable barbecues are fully extinguished and not left in plastic bins where they can smoulder and cause fires. Cornwall’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres are open all over half term (check first for odd and even number plate days) though there may be queues at busy times, and kerbside collections from households continue throughout. 

Rob Nolan added: “Our public protection teams include officers responsible for environmental health, food safety, parking enforcement, business standards and registration, licensing, litter and flytipping enforcement, countryside, beaches and parks, even dog wardens, animal health, and dozens of other aspects of the rich community and business life of Cornwall.” 

“Obviously this has been a busy year, and they are dedicated to responding to every complaint and comment reported to them. Whilst they appreciate hearing about genuine enforcement issues that need investigation, their time can be wasted responding to copycat complaints and social re-posting. Please involve them only if you yourself have personally witnessed something that needs their attention.” 

If you know of an incident or issue that needs investigation, you can find useful links on the Report It page.  

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Cornwall Council produces three COVID-19 information packs to help people and businesses access support during pandemic

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 18:29

Cornwall Council has produced three information packs.  They are aimed at helping residents, businesses and voluntary organisations get the help they need during these uncertain times.

The first is a community pack. This will be made available to community groups across the county.  It will help them to make sure residents, including the most vulnerable, have access to the right support.

It contains information and advice on issues such as:

  • finances
  • council tax
  • food provision
  • help for those facing eviction
  • how to access a COVID-19 test

The second is a business pack. This is aimed at any organisation that employs staff, including schools and charities.

The pack provides general information on the support available to businesses. It also features guidance on what to do if one or more employees test positive for coronavirus.

The third is a self-isolation pack. This is aimed at reassuring residents that support is available throughout their period of home isolation. Including a £500 support grant for people on lower incomes.

This pack also reminds people:

  • what self-isolation means
  • why it is important
  • how long it needs to be maintained depending on symptoms, household bubbles, NHS Test and Trace contact and test results

The packs will be made available to community groups and businesses from this week as well as on the Healthy Workplaces website. They are also available in different languages to ensure they are as accessible to as many people as possible.

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, said: “Cornwall Council’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents. We will continue to work hard to protect our communities and provide them with the information they need to access vital support and services.

“We’ve been fortunate so far in Cornwall as we’ve seen relatively few COVID-19 cases compared to other areas of the country but we can’t afford to be complacent. With this in mind I would urge everyone to keep following public health guidance, however difficult this might be. We know it can be a struggle. These three packs will help community groups, businesses and residents access vital help and support provided by the council and its partners.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “It’s normal to feel anxious if you get a positive test result or a text from NHS Test and Trace. We want residents to know that the council is here to offer support and help them through a difficult time.

“It is crucial that everyone plays their part in sticking to the rules and guidance so we can keep infection rates down and stay on top of the virus here in Cornwall.”

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council echoes 'don't visit from high risk areas' message

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 18:29

Cornwall Council is echoing calls from tourism industry leaders to stop holidaymakers heading to Cornwall from any ‘Tier 3’ lockdown areas.

Those living under the highest level of restrictions in England are advised by the Government not to travel out of their areas except under exceptional circumstances.

Malcolm Bell, the chief executive of Visit Cornwall, has recommended  accommodation providers not to take bookings from anyone living in the affected areas, and to cancel any planned visits from anyone already booked in into accommodation or visiting friends and relatives, unless the stay is one of the exceptions in the Government guidance.

The Government guidance states ‘people should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere’.

Mr Bell said: “We all need to play our part in limiting the spread and intensity of the Covid 19 crisis by reinforcing the Government guidance for areas with high level and high restriction, but also that everyone in Cornwall, visitor or residents must double our efforts with hand washing, the wearing of face coverings where required and especially social distancing.”

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “Our first priority is to keep our residents safe during this pandemic and ensure that undue strain is not placed on our health service.

“It is not easy, especially after such a difficult year, to ask any business to turn trade away, but these are exceptional circumstances and we are asking everyone to work with us to keep Cornwall safe.

“In Cornwall we are seeing relatively low numbers of infections, which is welcome. However, we know from other areas of the country how quickly the picture can change.

“I am not willing to undo the fantastic work of our public health team in keeping our residents safe, and that is why I am asking those who visit us to follow the rules. Do not travel to Cornwall if you live in a high-risk area and help us to keep Cornwall safe.

“Our tourism industry is a vital part of the Cornish economy, and we all look forward to the day when we can welcome visitors back with no restrictions.

“However, while we remain in such a precarious position with regards to the pandemic, we must continue to protect our residents.”

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Bike to School Week came to Cornwall and prizes were won by local schools

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 10:54

Penponds School were Cornwall’s lucky winners during National Bike to School Week. The initiative which aims to get more people on two wheels was organised by  Sustrans, Bikeablity and Cornwall Council.

Schools that took part in Bike to School Week were entered into a prize draw and Penponds School, near Camborne, was the lucky winner, winning £100 worth of bike accessories, with St Mary’s C of E, Truro runner up, winning £50 of kit.

Cycling and other forms of active travel, like walking or scooting, are great options for getting to school, especially during the Covid crisis for health, environmental reasons and to aid social distancing. Bike to School week aimed to encourage more children and families to give it a to.

Paul Hooper, year 5/6 teacher at Penponds, said “The whole week raised the profile of walking or biking to school. I think it’s a brilliant initiative. It's inspired everyone at the school, parents and children, to think about how they get to school, and to consider the different choices they make.

“Especially at this time, when everyone is being asked to think about ways to be fit and healthy, cycling is more valuable than ever. It's great that children are introduced to it in a safe way at such a young age.

Wendy Chapman from St Mary’s said “The children were really enthused by actively travelling to school and were prompting parents to use a method other than the car.  Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse later in the week but there were still some hardy souls”

Sustrans is working with schools in selected towns in Cornwall to provide children with the skills and information necessary to allow them to take to two wheels (or two feet) for the journey to school on a regular basis.

Nick Ratcliffe, one of Sustrans’ Active Travel Officers, said: “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom.  And let’s not forget it’s fun, too!

“I’d like to say a great big well done to all the pupils who got involved with Bike to School Week and hope to see many of them continuing to choose to walk, cycle or scoot to school.”

During Bike to School Week, Sustrans officers delivered ‘Dr Bike’ safety checks on over 120 bikes that were cycled to school and delivered cycle skills to 60 pupils. The team has also created free resources to help pupils, parents and schools choose active travel. These can be downloaded from our Active Travel pages. 

Categories: Cornwall

We’re after your views on Cornwall’s fire risk

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 09:05

How does Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) assess fire safety risk, and allocate its resources to inspect premises, maximise safety and minimise fire?

The people of Cornwall are being asked by the Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee (NOSC) to take part in a review of this vital subject, and provide views in writing by 13 November 2020. Cornwall’s Fire Authority comprises of all 123 elected Cornwall Councillors, overseeing the policy and delivery of Cornwall’s fire and rescue services. Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection has portfolio responsibilities relating to CFRS. But scrutiny of the CFRS Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) is provided through NOSC which holds CFRS to account on behalf of the Fire Authority.

As part of its statutory scrutiny responsibilities, the Committee reviews a CFRS Annual Statement of Assurance for each year covered by the IRMP, which is a backward looking document aimed at providing assurance that CFRS is delivering an efficient, effective and value for money service and is working within the financial parameters set out in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.

The requirements for assurance are set out in the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. This document also states that Fire and Rescue authorities must make provision for promoting fire safety, including fire prevention, and have a locally determined risk-based inspection programme in place for enforcing compliance with the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in premises to which it applies.

CFRS has a Risk Based Inspection Programme which highlights high risk non-domestic properties which are identified through CFRS’s evidence profile. Premises type, history of incidents, occupancy and use are all key to assessing the risk of fire across Cornwall.In holiday seasons our population can swell from the resident half a million to over 850,000.

In Cornwall high risk is defined as:

• Premises that provide sleeping accommodation where people would find escape in an emergency difficult due to a lack of mobility and/or a lack of familiarity with the building layout - includes hospitals, residential care homes, hotels/ B&Bs and hostels

• Premises that have had a fire and CFRS has attended

• Premises where CFRS has received a complaint or concern from a member of the public.

Working with businesses and supporting the economy is key to CFRS’s programme of work. However where non-compliance with fire safety continues, CFRS will take enforcement action in line with their statutory duty. In order to meet the Government inspection guidelines CFRS should review its Risk Based Inspection Programme (RBIP). It is going through this process now and as part of the process, NOSC is undertaking its review, gathering evidence from witnesses representing a wide range of organisations to build an evidence base from which it will make recommendations to the Council’s Cabinet.

The committee is also seeking the views of the public to help with its work. If you have any views you would like to share on this subject, the Committee would be grateful to hear from you.    

Cllr Carolyn Rule who chairs NOSC and who is also chairing its review  said: “The cornerstone of a successful Risk Based Inspection Programme across a large and complex geographical area like Cornwall is ensuring that Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service personnel are appropriately trained in fire safety, are based in the right locations and are provided with efficient and effective processes and equipment to target risk.”

“But risk can change, being affected by factors such as national events, new industrial development, change of building  use and the storage of flammable and hazardous materials. So CFRS must continually assess, review, and adapt.”

“NOSC is responsible for the oversight and scrutiny of CFRS and therefore for this important inspection process. By undertaking our ‘deep dive’ into the current arrangements and where change may be needed, we will hear evidence from our witnesses and carefully study the responses from members of the public. I hope people will contribute to this vital process, in order to help to keep Cornwall safe.”

If you have any views you wish to share on how well CFRS is currently assessing fire safety risk and how Cornwall’s fire safety resources might be better allocated or improved, your contribution could be invaluable, and ultimately lifesaving. The risk-based inspection process is less focused on domestic properties and more on Cornwall’s commercial sites and traffic including short term letting accommodation.

If you wish to take part please get in touch in writing by 12 noon on Friday 13 November 2020, by contacting:  neighbourhoodsosc@cornwall.gov.uk

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ROSPA and Cornwall Council join forces to stop accidental poisonings

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:34

Families in Cornwall are being urged by the Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) and Cornwall Council to take action to protect their children from the risks of household cleaning products.

The latest phase of the Take Action Today, Put Them Away campaign, funded by the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI), has been virtually launched by the Healthy Under 5s Team at Healthy Cornwall.  Early Years settings in Cornwall have joined the campaign and will distribute vital safety information to their families. 

This follows the scheme’s success in 26 areas of the UK including Birmingham, Liverpool, King’s Lynn, Nottingham, Newcastle, Bradford, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and Northern Ireland where 400,000 families have been helped to prevent poisoning and eye injuries.

In Cornwall, accidental poisonings accounted for 125 emergency admissions for 0 – 4 year olds between 2016/17- 2018/19.

As part of the campaign, a handy magnetic notepad featuring key safety advice will be handed out to thousands of families by childcare providers and health visitors.

Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s acting public health adviser, said: “The notepad acts as a constant reminder in family kitchens to store cleaning products out of reach, out of sight and in a locked cupboard.

“Due to their inquisitive nature, children under the age of five are most at risk of accidentally swallowing or getting household cleaning products, like liquid laundry capsules, into their eyes. Even products with a child-resistant closure cannot guarantee safety - they only reduce the risk by delaying access to the product.”

Philip Malpass, from the industry’s trade body, the UKCPI, said: “Cleaning products are designed to be safe to use and to provide the clean and hygienic home we often take for granted today. The accidents we see involving young children and cleaning products are avoidable and whilst the severity of the injuries are generally low, we hope that this campaign will remind parents to follow the usage instructions on the packaging, and in so doing, avoid unnecessary accidents.”

Cabinet Member for Children, Public Health and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken said: “There are so many hidden dangers lurking in the family home and it is vitally important that parents are aware and informed. We are committed to ensuring children get the best start in life and I welcome this partnership with RoSPA on this vitally important subject.” 

Take action today, put them away advice to parents includes:

•          Store household cleaning products out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard

•          Always store chemicals in their original containers

•          Never pierce or break laundry capsules or tablets

•          Always close the lid of any product

•          In the event of an incident, follow advice on the product pack and seek medical attention.

UKCPI is the leading trade association representing UK producers of cleaning and hygiene products from household soaps, washing powders, liquids, disinfectants, air care and polishes to the professional cleaning and hygiene products used in industrial and institutional applications.

It provides advice and guidance to manufacturers, distributors and users of cleaning and hygiene products. UKCPI also works in partnership with policymakers, the public and the media, to inform public discussions about cleanliness, hygiene and sustainable cleaning.

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Number of tickets for overnight camping in Newquay beauty spots double as local community joins forces with Civil Enforcement Officers

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:57

Newquay’s Civil Enforcement officers have responded to residents’ concerns about overnight parking in local beauty spots, doubling the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued on last year.

Overnight parking restrictions were brought in on many roads in Newquay to tackle an increase in people camping in their vans for extended periods – but many drivers still ignore the restrictions. 

As lockdown measures eased, members of the Newquay Safe partnership voiced concerns over the potential for an increase in overnight parking due to reduced campsite capacity and a predicted increase in staycations.

The partnership, which is made up of representatives from the police and other statutory and voluntary partners, tackles community safety issues raised by residents.

Inconsiderate parking can hamper the emergency services. It also creates obstacles for essential medicine deliveries, for health worker and carer visits to the vulnerable, and can slow down lifeboat crew callouts.

Cornwall Council’s civil enforcement officers (CEOs) set about engaging with Newquay Safe partners and those who fell foul of the local parking restrictions. Residents and local groups were encouraged to report cases of overnight camping and when notified, officers would attend. 

As a result, 466 penalty charge notices were issued in July and August, compared with 223 on the previous year.

Ticketing 'is a last resort'

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said: “Ticketing is not about generating money for the Council. It’s usually a last resort designed to penalise those who will not adhere to the laws in place. Our goal is to stop people parking where they shouldn’t - and wherever possible, our CEOs will ask drivers to move on, rather than issue a ticket.

“While the increase in ticketing can be put down to several factors, it’s clear that working with the local community meant our CEOs could be in the right place at the right time. I hope that the message filters through and we see less people breaking the rules and causing an inconvenience to others.”

Inspector Guy Blackford, Devon and Cornwall Police sector inspector for Newquay, said “It has been pleasing that we have not seen a repeat of the levels of anti-social behaviour at Little Fistral this summer. The increased patrols undertaken by the CEOs has sent a clear message to those who continue to ignore the restrictions that their actions will not be tolerated and as a consequence reports of unacceptable behaviour has been significantly down.”

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Cornish adopters encourage others to come forward

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:29

Two Cornish families are backing Cornwall Council to break down the myths around adoption.

The families are speaking out at the end of National Adoption Week as there are currently 22 young people in Cornwall in need of a loving home, including a group of two siblings and three groups of three.

Charlotte (not her real name) is a single mum and she had always thought about adopting: “I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I knew I would be a mother at some point, but I had been a career woman for a long, long time and it just never happened.  I had been married, but I wasn’t able to get pregnant and then that didn’t work out and as far as motherhood; adoption was always part of the story, that could happen.  

“Because I worked in education and because I had worked with children that had been adopted and been through the supporting process, I knew a lot about it.  I also thought that if I was going to be a mother, it didn’t matter if I gave birth or not.”

It doesn’t matter about your marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or employment status. None of these are a barrier to adopting a child - each application is based on its own merit.

Charlotte added: I looked online and it was very clear that you could be any type of family and it was more about what you could provide and I knew I could provide a loving home and a secure childhood. I was really supported; the process is long because they need to find out lots about you and actually, as a parent it’s a long process, your pregnant for nine months and before that you are trying to get pregnant. 

“For me it wasn’t about being pregnant, it was all about having a child and I had been looking at adoption for many years.  Being a single person, it wasn’t a problem and as soon as I approached Cornwall Council, everyone I spoke to was so supportive.”

The theme for this year’s National Adoption Week 2020 is ‘priority’ children; those who tend to wait longest for a loving home, such as sibling groups. In addition to sibling groups, loving forever families are needed for older children and children with additional or complex health needs.

Steven and his partner have adopted two young children and praised the support they received: “

We contacted Cornwall Council and went along to one of their information events, so that we could find out as much as possible about how we would go about adopting.  We went home and thought about it for a month and then we got back in touch with the council with all the paperwork and said; ok’ we’re ready.

“Through the entire process you are supported, and I cannot thank the adoption team enough.  They were so thorough, but the key focus was all about making sure it was right for the children.”

Taking home, a child for the first time is a nerve racking and exciting time for parents, but when you adopt you have the chance to change a child’s life forever. 

Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “Adopting a child is a chance to change their life and yours forever; by providing a loving home. We need people from a mixture of backgrounds to come forward, because we have a diverse range of young people that need support.

“We are especially interested to hear from anyone interested in taking on a sibling group.  We understand this represents a very different challenge for prospective parents, but our dedicated support team will be with you every step of the way.”

To find out more about adoption please visit our website.

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Bike to School Week came to Cornwall and prizes were won!

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:21

Penponds School were Cornwall’s lucky winners during National Bike to School Week. The initiative which aims to get more people on two wheels was organised by  Sustrans, Bikeablity and Cornwall Council.

Schools that took part in Bike to School Week were entered into a prize draw and Penponds School, near Camborne, was the lucky winner, winning £100 worth of bike accessories, with St Mary’s C of E, Truro runner up, winning £50 of kit.

Cycling and other forms of active travel, like walking or scooting, are great options for getting to school, especially during the Covid crisis for health, environmental reasons and to aid social distancing. Bike to School week aimed to encourage more children and families to give it a to.

Paul Hooper, year 5/6 teacher at Penponds, said “The whole week raised the profile of walking or biking to school. I think it’s a brilliant initiative. It's inspired everyone at the school, parents and children, to think about how they get to school, and to consider the different choices they make.

“Especially at this time, when everyone is being asked to think about ways to be fit and healthy, cycling is more valuable than ever. It's great that children are introduced to it in a safe way at such a young age.

Wendy Chapman from St Mary’s said “The children were really enthused by actively travelling to school and were prompting parents to use a method other than the car.  Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse later in the week but there were still some hardy souls”

Sustrans is working with schools in selected towns in Cornwall to provide children with the skills and information necessary to allow them to take to two wheels (or two feet) for the journey to school on a regular basis.

Nick Ratcliffe, one of Sustrans’ Active Travel Officers, said: “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom.  And let’s not forget it’s fun, too!

“I’d like to say a great big well done to all the pupils who got involved with Bike to School Week and hope to see many of them continuing to choose to walk, cycle or scoot to school.”

During Bike to School Week, Sustrans officers delivered ‘Dr Bike’ safety checks on over 120 bikes that were cycled to school and delivered cycle skills to 60 pupils. The team has also created free resources to help pupils, parents and schools choose active travel. These can be downloaded from here.

Sustrans works in Cornwall thanks to funding from Cornwall Council

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Innovative plans for energy centre at Langarth Garden Village mark first step in a new way of living

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:21

Pioneering plans to create a new type of energy centre at Langarth Garden Village will play a key role in delivering Cornwall Council’s ambitious climate change strategy and provide low cost green power for residents.  

In what would be an exciting first for the UK, the Cornwall Council led scheme is proposing to build its own renewable power energy centre on the site as part of project’s developing energy strategy. This includes generating around 17,500 kilowatts of green energy a year at Langarth at the same time as helping to achieve net zero carbon within 10 years.  

By ensuring a greater use of renewable energy created and used on site, and increasing  capacity to support the future use of electric vehicles, the new energy centre will play a key role in helping Langarth, and the Council, to move away from carbon dependency.   

Located next to the park and ride, the centre will include a transformer compound to house the electricity substation together with a bespoke battery storage area which will provide storage for green energy produced on the site for residents.  Both buildings will be surrounded by planted green walls. 

In keeping with the project’s green Garden Village ethos, wild flowers will be planted around the buildings to enhance bio diversity and provide a variety of natural landscape features, as well as a number of new trees and a new Cornish hedge.  

“We are looking to create something exemplary at Langarth” said Councillor Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy. “Planning for and delivering this infrastructure at the start of the project will make it easier to incorporate renewable energy into the new community as it grows. “ 

“I hope these ideas will also be possible on other new housing sites across Cornwall, not just at Langarth”.  

Heat pump technology and solar panels will be used to power and heat homes, offices and other buildings, with electric charging points provided in every house and higher levels of insulation.  

The project team are also investigating the possibility of providing solar panels on car ports on the proposed park and ride extension, as well as on other buildings and offices across the site, and exploring the potential of district heating using geothermal energy as a renewable source of heat.  

Together these measures will deliver low carbon homes with low running costs for residents as well generating an income from the sale of surplus power back to the grid. 

The development will also include information boards and educational opportunities to help describe the role it plays and help people understand how future communities will be powered. There will be a viewing platform looking north over the energy centre, and descriptive maps of the garden village.  

“It would be very exciting to see this project being pioneered at Langarth “ said Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods.  “We believe 21st century developments should be sustainable and balance meeting the needs of our communities with the need to lower our impact on the environment. I welcome the commitment to ensuring that the new community will be designed to be adaptable, resilient and fit for future living.” 

The plans for the new energy centre are due to be formally submitted to Cornwall Council’s planning department later in the year. 

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Statement to create a more tolerant and inclusive society in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 16:16

All racist and discriminatory behaviour in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been condemned today in a statement by the Chair of the Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly Leadership Board, Cllr Julian German. 

Cllr German said: “The Board has agreed to all work together to tackle the issues and challenges that we face. As the statement says, ‘now is not the time for empty words, but for genuine changes’ and we have pledged to strengthen our hate crime reporting programme and to listen to the voices of all our communities to really understand the root of the issues.

“As high-profile leaders across Cornwall we all have a responsibility to lead by example and be the change that we want to see. This is just the first step though, and we have a long way to go to end racism in Cornwall.”

Earlier this month a new forum was launched on the council’s engagement platform, Let’s Talk Cornwall, specifically asking for people to give their views on how to tackle racism and for their ideas on cultural celebrations. To join in with the discussion visit the Let’s Talk Cornwall website 

Cllr German added: “As I’ve already said, we need to understand the root of the issues that people are facing and we need to hear about your experiences so that we can start to address them and make the changes that are needed. I’d urge as many people as possible to go online and give their views.”

While Cornwall has seen an increase of around 25% in reported hate crimes in the last 12 months, it is widely thought that many crimes still go unreported. For anyone who would like to find out more about the support available for anyone subjected to a hate crime, or to report a hate crime please visit the Safer Cornwall website

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Help us shape the future of SEN services

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:13

Cornwall Council is launching its biggest ever local engagement exercise to help shape the future of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Cornwall.

The online Survey is an opportunity for young people, families, the voluntary sector and carers for Cornish children and young people to say what is working well and what could be improved.

To encourage more responses than ever before, along with a traditional survey, for the first time there is also an art competition and resources for schools.

The results of the survey will then be used to help shape the services and the SEN Strategies into 2021 and beyond. 

Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “I would encourage anyone who is connected with SEN services, whether that be a carer, parent or young person to get involved and to tell us what you like, dislike or would like to see in the future.

“The feedback we receive will have direct influence on our SEN priorities for at least the next two years so your views and opinions are incredibly important and valuable in shaping provision and support moving forward.”

The survey officially will run until November 30th.

Sally continued: “A survey about SEN provision would be meaningless without the input of children and young people who have direct experience of using the services.  There are activities for schools, which are easy to download and for the first time we are also running an art exhibition for children and young people with SEN.”

There are two themes for the exhibition: “Change I want for my future” and “What’s good for me now?”

To enter, simply pick one of the themes and get creating! Entries can be:

  • paintings
  • drawings
  • films
  • original songs
  • models/sculpture
  • poems or stories
  • radio shows/podcasts,
  • dance routines,
  • photographs.

 

Sally concluded: “We provide services for our communities, so it is only right that those communities help shape those services.  I would encourage as many people as possible to take part and we look forward to receiving your feedback.”

To find out more about the survey, the art exhibition and to access the information for schools and settings, please click here.

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Consultation starts on Local Development Order proposal for Nansledan

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:32

Cornwall Council is asking residents and stakeholders for their feedback on plans to simplify how the development of homes and community facilities at Nansledan near Newquay proceeds in the future. 

A Local Development Order (LDO) is being proposed by the Council for the long-term project to provide homes, community facilities, open space, shops, offices, cycle paths and roads in the area. 

The LDO is a way of granting overarching planning permission for development within a defined area and to agreed and enforceable standards and designs, without the need for multiple planning applications in future years. 

The purpose of the LDO is to provide planning support and guidance to those organisations and applicants tasked with delivering the Nansledan development. It will also provide guidance to existing residents within Nansledan regarding any alterations to their homes that may normally require planning permission. 

The overall scheme at Nansledan is already covered by a masterplan that was agreed by Cornwall Council in 2011 and a specific site allocation policy as part of the Cornwall Local Plan which sets out where development should take place.

Work on Nansledan began in 2014 and since then around 415 homes have been built together with a new school, 25 business units, playground and community allotments.

Over the coming years, the Duchy of Cornwall development will provide 3,700 homes in line with the approved masterplan and a similar number of jobs.

The Local Development Order will set out the types of development that are granted permission for the Nansledan area. It will include maps, details of the uses permitted, general conditions and supporting information. The LDO contains documents such as a detailed design guide and conditions ensuring that development is of a high quality and that infrastructure is provided. 

The draft LDO has been prepared by Cornwall Council with the involvement of various statutory consultees.  Following the statutory consultation period the Council will consider the responses prior to determining whether the LDO will be adopted. 

If it is adopted, there are annual reviews and reporting mechanisms built in which will provide transparency and checks and balances on performance. 

Tim Dwelly, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy, and Planning said: “This is an innovative approach to manage the ongoing development at Nansledan. It will improve efficiency and cut red tape whilst maintaining the required checks and balances, and is a mark of the confidence we have in the quality of the development.” 

Read the Local Development Order documents, the quick reference guide and take part in the consultation  

Hard copies of the consultation documents are available for viewing by prior appointment at New County Hall in Truro and Chy Trevail in Bodmin.    

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‘Making Cornwall a showpiece for flooding resilience’

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:40
Whatever winter storms lie ahead, Cornwall is mounting its biggest ever campaign to keep properties watertight

A new £1m campaign will launch this autumn to help residents and businesses in Cornwall make their properties flood resistant.

The campaign begins with the Defra-funded and Cornwall Council led Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Project. At the end of October a specially designed Be Flood Ready Pod exhibition trailer will be visiting Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

There is also a series of free workshops for businesses across the SW running until next Spring, set up by climate change consultancy Climate Vision, to help traders to understand their personal flood risk and demonstrate the equipment and staff training that could make them more resilient.

The campaign will also feature radio advertising about flood protection, running on commercial radio.

It’s not all about business either - there are also grants for helping to deliver property flood resilience to households in Cornwall, using a mix of £135k of Cornwall Council capital funding and match funding of £150k applied for from the Environment Agency.

A further application for Cornwall Council and Defra funding for 2021 to 2027 has already begun with global natural and built asset design firm Arcadis as the managing agents.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, said: “All these strands of activity are coming together this Autumn and Winter to allow us to make Cornwall a showpiece for flooding resilience. For too long many locations have suffered repeated flooding events, and the misery they bring to residents, commerce, even to road and rail transport.”

“But we now have the means, expertise and energy to create an unstoppable surge in innovation and problem-solving. Just look at the £34 million St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) Project - a multi-agency partnership which will use a mix of engineering and natural solutions to mitigate flood risk in areas such as Par and St. Blazey. Work like this on a whole catchment area will grab the world’s attention, encourage investment, and make flood-prone communities better places to work, live and play.”

“Stop to think – how could I make my home or business premises less vulnerable to flooding or the effects of climate change? If you don’t have a clear answer, then seek out our Resilience team, any of our ‘Be Flood Ready’ events, or click on the websites. One day you may be very glad indeed that you did!”

Despite Covid restrictions having limited public engagement opportunities so far this year, Cornwall Council and its partners are likely to have drawn down almost £1m from Defra for these linked flooding resilience initiatives.

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